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Friday
Aug122011

ATI responds

The American Tradition Institute has issued a response to the letter from the Union of Concerned Scientists to the University of Virginia calling for information to be withheld.

The groups appeal to lesser authorities such as a state advisory board and — amazingly — a Washington Post editorial, as opposed to what the FOIA law clearly says, as justification to toss aside our agreement with the university.

Full story at WUWT.

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Reader Comments (6)

Am I the only one who finds "distinctly liberal worldview", "far left", "self-interested groups" and the like to be gratuitous? Why is it necessary to depart from the issues and attribute motives? The press release makes it sound as though the group itself [ATI] is politically motivated. [Which may in fact be the case.]

I'd find the statement much more convincing if it contained only Dr Schnare's bit without the sentence about selectivity.

Aug 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterHaroldW

I suppose it's the converse of "in the pay of Big Oil" sort of detracts from the message don't you think?

Aug 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM | Unregistered Commenterj ferguson

"the Union of Concerned Scientists"

Presumably the concerned bit is concerned that they're about to be rumbled!

Aug 12, 2011 at 6:34 PM | Unregistered Commentersunderland steve

Is there a particular cause of their concern, or is it existential?

Aug 12, 2011 at 6:41 PM | Unregistered Commentermojo

j ferguson --
Yes, you've described it exactly. The tone of the ATI response is that these people (UCS et al.) cannot be believed no matter what they say. Just as with the "Big Oil" smears.

It's one thing to state that their briefs should be rejected because their arguments are weak. Quite another to imply that they shouldn't even be listened to because of their political affiliation or alleged bias.

And mojo,
I think it's existential. I first came across the UCS in the 70s as an anti-nuclear-power lobby. And anti-military. Since then they seem to have expanded into the global warming arena. I wouldn't be surprised if they've contributed to e.g. reducing real pollution, and I'm sure it's helpful to have such a "gadfly" organization to challenge some of the proposals from the government/military/industry. However, they seem to take an anti-producer viewpoint rather reflexively.

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